miniBLOCS with Judith Conway

Session 1:   February 10 - 14, 2018 (5 Days)
Saturday - Wednesday (10 AM - 6 PM each day)
Class Size:   10 students
Tuition:   $1100 - includes all materials, use of tools and firings

Paul and Karen make no secret of the fact that when they decided to open Helios they looked to Vitrum Studio, just outside Washington, DC, as the gold-standard in educational studios for fused glass. Owners Judith Conway and Kevin O'Toole ran one of best studios in the world.

Vitrum closed at the end of 2016 so that Judith and Kevin could move on to their next glass adventures. Fortunately, for Helios customers, the opportunity to take a class from Judith didn't end in 2017.

Class Description

In this five-day class, students will experiment with and learn to create effective and display-ready miniature landscapes that can either be a free-standing thick block or a wall-hung panel.

In the free-standing block project, a thick clear glass block covers and enhances the delicate landscape composition it protects. After a little coldworking on its four sides, it goes back into the kiln for a special firing that creates the look of a hand-polished finish without all the labor.

A second approach creates a unique framed effect around a miniature image. The scene is enhanced when surrounded by the resulting "frosted" frame. The piece is almost gallery-ready for hanging when it leaves the kiln after one firing.

Through lecture, demonstration and samples, each student will be guided step-by-step through the basic processes. Students will then have ample time to design and create their own pieces, with the option to create landscapes that are special to them.

Firing schedules and display options on the fifth day complete the class.

About Judith Conway

In addition to being a recently semi-retired full time instructor and co-owner of the highly acclaimed Vitrum Studio in Beltsville, Maryland, Judith Conway is a Bullseye E-merge recipient and has work included in the Arts in Embassies Program of the United States Department of State.

Judith also teaches internationally, at Creative Glass in Zurich and London and in Norway at The GlassForum.

You can see more of Judith's work on her website at

There's also a great 2011 blog entry about Judith and Paul from Bullseye's Lani McGregor here:
The Instructors on Sabbatical.